According to mythology, Persephone ruled as the Queen of Hades when Pluto, God of the Dead, absconded with her for the nether world. Persephone’s mother was Demeter, the goddess of grain. Demeter’s Roman equivalent is Ceres, the goddess whose name gave us the word ‘cereal’ and the Latin root word for beer yeast, ‘cerevisiae.’
Being the goddess of grain and fertility, Demeter failed to produce any crops while she mourned the loss of her daughter to the god of the underworld.
Eventually, Zeus, the supreme god of the Greeks, convinced Pluto to allow Persephone to return to her mother. But before she left, Pluto fed her a few kernels of pomegranate. The fruit was so sweet that Persephone agreed to return to Hades for part of each year so she could enjoy its succulent seeds.
The He’brews over at Shmaltz Brewing have combined the many elements of this myth – pomegranate juice, grains and yeast – and achieved a supreme drink indeed. This ale is pink. Perhaps not indicative of its underworldly origins but more suggestive of it’s seductive, she-devil sweetness. Moderately strong at 8.5% ABV, Origin has a tight foamy head with lasting lace, and a complex body that ranges from sweet to tart. Lemon, cherry, and pineapple each make brief appearances in this modern day performance of the great myth of Persephone, Queen of Hades.